Graduation

Monday 29 July 2019

10.00am - Guildhall School of Business and Law
1.00pm - School of Human Sciences
3.45pm - School of Computing and Digital Media

Tuesday 30 July 2019

10.00am - School of Social Professions
1.00pm - School of Social Sciences
3.45pm - Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

Monday 2 December 2019

The morning ceremony will consist of the following schools:

10.30am - 12.00pm

Guildhall School of Business and Law
School of Computing and Digital Media
School of Human Sciences

The afternoon ceremony will consist of the following schools:

2.30pm - 4.00pm

Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design
School of Social Professions
School of Social Sciences

The invitation will be emailed to your personal and London Metropolitan University email addresses as held on your student record, we do not use any email address you use in email communication, only those placed on your record. It is a student’s responsibility to keep this information up to date.

If you have not received an invitation please log into your Evision account to confirm you have been awarded. You can also check the email address you have on record.

Guests from outside the EU

We appreciate that if you and/or your guests are coming from outside the EU to attend the graduation ceremony then you may require a visa to enter the UK. please visit the UKBA webpages for information about visitor's visas.

The University does not issue any special documentation in connection with visa applications to attend the graduation ceremony. You are advised to contact the Student Hubs if you require a letter confirming the dates of your graduation ceremony.

London Metropolitan University holds graduation ceremonies at the Barbican Centre which is in central London and is easily accessible by rail, underground and road. A map of the immediate area, clear directions and parking information are helpfully provided by the Barbican Centre on their website.

It is always worth checking the travel conditions in London before starting your journey and Transport for London (TfL) provides the latest travel information.

Remember that if you are driving into central London you may have to pay the London congestion charge.

Graduate

The graduate ticket is free, but must still be ordered using the University’s official booking site. More information on how to book will only be communicated by your invitation letter.

Graduates and guests are seated in different parts of the hall and all tickets are non-transferrable.

Guests

The graduation is a formal and celebratory occasion and graduates may wish to enjoy the day with their family and friends. The duration of the ceremony is normally around one hour and 30 minutes. We ask for graduates and guests to respect their peers and to remain seated until the ceremony has finished.

Guest tickets cost £30 per person. You may purchase up to four tickets and if there are any extra tickets available, you will be able to purchase them on a first come, first served basis on the day of the graduation ceremony.

Please note - payments for any extra guest tickets purchased on the day will need to be made by credit/debit card. We accept the following: Visa, Mastercard, Vpay, Visa Electron, Diners Club and JCB.

Children

Any child over the age of two years old will require a ticket. There are no concession prices and tickets are checked by staff prior to entering the main hall.

Young children may become restless and cause some disruption to those seated nearby, in which case we would advise exiting the main hall. There are multiple television screens in the foyer outside the main hall, where the ceremony is televised, and children and their carers are welcome to use this area. Please note there are is no creche or child-minding facilities at the Barbican Centre.

Special requirements

If you or your guests have any special requirements, you should inform the awards team of this during the booking process. Please note that graduates normally ascend and descend the stage via a short set of steps. If this is problematic, please email us at ceremony@londonmet.ac.ukceremony@londonmet.ac.uk immediately and we can make alternative arrangements.

The Barbican has produced a very detailed Access Guide, which may help you identify any special requirements you may have for the day.

The new Vice-Chancellor has decided that academic dress (gown, hood and hat) is now optional for London Metropolitan University graduation ceremonies. However, as this is a formal event, we suggest graduates and guests are smartly dressed.

Ede & Ravenscroft provide the University officials’ gowns and also provide a gowning service for graduates which can be booked online in advance of graduation and on the day. Information about how to use this service will be sent in your invitation. Other suppliers are also available and if you choose to use them you will be required to bring your academic dress with you on the day.

Please note that only gown suppliers can assist with any queries you have regarding their services, the University cannot deal with these queries.

A photography service is provided by Ede & Ravenscroft on the day of graduation. They will have a number of photography studios available on the day in the Barbican Centre (not within the main hall). Photography can be ordered in advance when you order your tickets or on the day.

Other suppliers may be available, but other photographers will not be permitted to use Ede & Ravenscroft’s studios and can only attend in the main hall as a guest of the graduate. If they attend as a guest, they can only take photos from their seat and must not disrupt other guests around them.

It is highly recommended that you arrive at the Barbican Centre about 1 hour and 30 minutes before your ceremony is due to commence. This will give you time to register, collect your tickets, academic dress (if ordered), and to have your photograph taken. There will be queues, so please ensure you and your guests know where you each need to go and leave enough time.

Registration desk

The registration desk will open 1 hour and 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony. Join the queue appropriate to your last name to register, collect your graduate seat ticket, any guest tickets, and your presentation card (without these you will not be able to enter the hall). Please keep your presentation card with you at all times.

Collecting Ede & Ravenscroft academic dress

If you have ordered a gown via Ede & Ravenscroft or you wish to do so on the day, after registration turn to face where you entered the stalls floor and the Ede & Ravenscroft gowning area is in the far-left corner.

Photography studios

Once you have registered and collected your academic dress, you can have your photographs taken by Ede & Ravenscroft, which has studios located on the floor above (Level G, Ground Floor). Pre-ordering is recommended.

It's better to have your photograph taken before your ceremony if you have arrived in time to do so – but you must get to your seat in the main hall in good time before your ceremony is due to start.

Cloakroom

We recommend you check in your coats and bags as soon as you can. This is directly behind the main registration desk.

Arriving late

We appreciate that for a variety of reasons, graduates can be delayed. If you do arrive late, staff will make every effort to accommodate you. However, we stress that if you arrive after the ceremony has commenced, to avoid disruption, your entry to the hall will be delayed until an appropriate point in the ceremony and you may not be located in your correct seat, and it may not be possible for you to process across the stage.

After the ceremony

London Metropolitan University provides a selection of drink for all graduates and guests. These are available on Level G, Ground Floor.

The Barbican Centre has a number of restaurants and cafes providing a range of food and beverages if you wish to use those services.

Many graduates and their families will wish to purchase a recording of their graduation ceremony. This will be available to buy on DVD, or in high definition on a USB key, or as a digital download. These will be produced separately for each ceremony, showing your complete graduation ceremony. These will be provided by a company called mygraduationfilm.com which is responsible for filming, production, enquiries and sales.

You may order online or by post before or after the ceremony, or you may order at the ceremony. Normally, orders may be collected on the spot within an hour of the end of the ceremony, while digital downloads will be forwarded in the form of a link. However, if you want your DVD to be posted, we recommend that you order on the day of your ceremony by visiting the sales desk at the Barbican. For orders submitted at the desk the UK postage and packing charge will be waived and an equivalent reduction will be applied to the worldwide postage and packing charge. These discounts do not apply to orders submitted in other ways. Twin packs (family packs) are available at a substantially reduced rate. Any inquiries should be directed to enquiries@mygraduationfilm.com.

Certificates are not issued at the graduation ceremonies. They are usually posted together with your transcript, normally within six weeks of the conferral of your award, which is the date of the University Awards Board. Please ensure your contact details are correct on the system and make any amendments on Evision.

When booking you must agree to the Terms and Conditions of which one is "I understand that once booked, tickets are neither refundable nor transferable."

However if after booking tickets you find that you/your guests will not be able to attend, please contact us and explain the circumstances and if this is prior to your seat/ticket allocation (two and half weeks before the ceremony) we may try to reallocate the seats.

Frequently asked questions

You can only defer by one ceremony, so if you are meant to be graduating in July and you cannot make this, you will be added to the waiting list for December. Please note we cannot guarantee this, as this is subject to availability.

It is estimated that the ceremony will last around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Students who have been awarded by the University Awards Board on Monday 2nd July will be invited to the graduation ceremonies.

If you have been awarded after Friday 5 July 2019, or could potentially be awarded during the period up to November 2019, you will be invited to attend the ceremony on December 2019. (This also applies to graduates who have been taught at partner institutions who have been awarded since mid-November 2018 or potentially may be awarded by 4 November 2019.) If you hope to be awarded during 2019, please be aware of the following points:

  • If you do not keep your contact details up to date you will not receive an invitation, which would mean you cannot book your place at the ceremony. If you have not booked your place at the ceremony by the deadline you will not be able to attend.
  • We formally advise you not to make any commitments, for example, travel or hotel arrangements, before you have successfully booked to attend your awards ceremony.
  • If you have a tuition fee debt you will not be eligible to attend the ceremony and will therefore not be invited until you have cleared the debt.

As this is a formal event we suggest graduates and guests are smartly dressed, with academic gowns optional.

Membership of the Alumni Association is open to all graduates and former staff of London Metropolitan University (including graduates and former staff from the University of North London, London Guildhall University, City of London Polytechnic, Polytechnic of North London, and all other predecessor institutions).

There are some 170,000 graduates of London Metropolitan University around the world. The Alumni Association gives graduates the opportunity to keep in touch with former classmates and teachers and regularly informs graduates of developments at the University. It can also be of assistance in graduates' personal and professional development.

The graduation ceremonies brochure celebrates and records the achievements of London Metropolitan University graduates.

The brochure is available without charge to all graduates and will be available to you when you register. Graduates are grouped in the brochure according to school, award/course title and award classification.

For a variety of reasons, some graduates are awarded late in the academic cycle. As a result, they may not be included in the brochure, however, we do make every effort to include the name of every graduate.

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